Lorna G. Schofield

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Lorna Schofield
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 13, 2012
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Shira Scheindlin
Personal details
Born (1956-01-22) January 22, 1956 (age 58)
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.
Alma mater Indiana University, Bloomington
Brown University
New York University

Lorna Gail Schofield (born January 22, 1956) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Biography[edit]

Schofield grew up in New Haven, Indiana and graduated from New Haven Senior High School in 1974. She was elected as Governor of Hoosier Girls State, a program of the American Legion Auxiliary, in 1973.

Schofield received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1977. She received her Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law in 1981. From 1981 to 1984, she was an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. From 1984 to 1988, she served as an assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting domestic terrorism, smuggling and tax fraud. She became an associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City in 1988 and was promoted to partner in 1991. She specializes in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. In addition, she has been heavily involved with the American Bar Association, holding a number of leadership positions, including Chair of the Section on Litigation.[1]

Nomination to District Court[edit]

On April 25, 2012, President Obama nominated Schofield to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, to the seat vacated by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin. Schofield is the first Filipino American in the history of the United States to serve as an Article III federal judge.[2] Schofield testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on June 6, 2012.[3] The committee reported Schofield's nomination to the full U.S. Senate on July 12, 2012.[4] The U.S. Senate confirmed Schofield on December 13, 2012 in a 91-0 vote. She received her commission on December 13, 2012.[5]

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Shira Scheindlin
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
2012–present
Incumbent